dmg events appoints Chris Kilbee as Senior Vice President to lead Construction portfolio

31 October 2018

dmg events, the leading international events company, has announced the appointment of Chris Kilbee as Senior Vice President to lead its growing global construction portfolio.



For the last 5 years, Chris has been based in Amsterdam with UBM where, as Group Director, he has led the growth and development of the company’s global Pharmaceutical portfolio. As part of this role, Chris’ responsibilities included the P&L performance of a large, global events portfolio and the development and execution of a global strategy to drive performance across all brands.  

His tenure in Amsterdam included new launches in North America, Turkey, the UAE, South Korea and in a number of adjacent vertical markets. Before Amsterdam, Chris was based in London as MD of UBM Built Environment’s business which included media brands in the real estate, architecture and construction markets. 

 “His wide-ranging experience of leading and developing large-scale global event businesses, along with his deep experience of the built environment sector, made Chris the obvious choice to take dmg events’ construction division to the next level,” said Matt Denton, President of dmg events.

 “With new launch events on the way, plus our continued efforts to geo-adapt leading brands to new locations, our construction division is enjoying a period of dynamic growth,” said Denton.

Discussing his new role Kilbee said, “I am looking forward to the challenges of developing this dynamic portfolio and building out from its successful platform in the Middle East, Asia & Africa. The flagship Big 5 Dubai has mirrored the success and growth of the UAE and together with the dmg team I relish the opportunity to shape its future and adapt that exciting formula in other territories.”

 About dmg events 

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines. We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business across multiple platforms.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry leading events such as The Big 5 construction shows and the ADIPEC and GASTECH energy events. 

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom. 

About DMGT

Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), an international portfolio of information, media and events businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange. DMGT manages a diverse, multinational portfolio of companies, with total revenues of around £1.5bn, that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment. 

DMGT is also a founding investor and the largest shareholder of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and ZPG PLC.

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